Scuttle Inn has high hopes

Jon Parsons, left and Mark Fontana
Jerry Willis
For the last 45 years or so, Scuttle Inn just south of Percy has seen good times and bad times.
The restaurant, as part of a 9-hole golf course, opened through the efforts of the late Bill Mullins, who, for years, was superintendent of Southwestern Illinois Coal Company.
It was part of his plan to give back to the community. In fact, for a few years (until Arch Mineral management changes) it was known as the Bill Mullins Recreation Area.
Now the restaurant-golf course owners and operators hope Scuttle is on the verge of being a popular, viable business for many years.
The owner is Steve Carter of Knight Hawk Coal, the manager is John Parsons of Campbell Hill, and the new executive chef is Mark Fontana, formerly of Steeleville and now of Makanda.
Kati Brunkhorst also works in the kitchen with Fontana.
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